EUROPE Down & Feather Products Labelling (Feb 2020)
For Additional Information
Dr. Juliane Hedderich, Manager, European Down & Feather Association (EDFA)
Thomas-Mann-Straße 9a, D-55122 Mainz GERMANY
Tel: +49 61 31 37 50 70
Fax: +49 61 31 37 50 815
Definitions (EN 1885): The following definitions are used in the labelling of down and feather products in Europe:
Down cluster (see below) + allowance of up to 5% down fibre as a % of down cluster.
Down Cluster = Downs + Plumules + Nestling Downs.
Feathers (no quills) + allowance of up to 9% feather fibre and damaged/chopped feathers as a % of feathers.
Non-waterfowl feathers, such as chicken, turkey, etc.
- OTHER ELEMENTS
The sum of down fibre in excess of 5% allowance
+ Feather fibre & chopped/damaged feathers in excess of 9% allowance, + Landfowl + Residue + Quill feathers + Reprocessed feathers (couché)
See next page for explanation of Product Classes.
- DOWN PRODUCT.
If a product has 60% or more ”DOWN” the product may be advertised as a “DOWN PRODUCT.” See EN 13186. (The minimum down cluster required for a product labelled as 60% down is 52.38%)
Filling Composition (EN 12131):
Component Requirements for “WATERFOWL” Products --- CLASS I or “NEW”
SPECIES (IDFB 12):
Amount of Goose Required
Amount of Goose Allowed
Minimum 90 % Goose
30 % - 49.9 % Goose
70 % - 89.9 % Goose
10 % - 29.9 % Goose
50 % - 69.9 % Goose
0 % - 9.9 % Goose
CLEANLINESS (EN 12935):
Required: Oxygen Number (EN 1162) < 20 mg/100g
If oxygen > 20 then Microbiological State (Bioburden EN 1884) must be tested.
Optional: Turbidity (EN 1164) > 300 mm pH value (ISO 3071) 6.6 - 8.0 Oil & Fat Content (EN 1163) 0.5% - 2.0%
FILL POWER (EN 12130 : 2018)
Method A: Steam conditioning (mm/30g)
Method B: Tumble Dry (mm/30g)
Method C: Box conditioning (mm/30g)
Height: mm/30g or Volume: cm3/g & in3/30g
Allowed tolerance -5%
FILLING MASS (Net fill weight) (EN 13088)
Allowed tolerance ±5%